2001-12-01 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

The next general meeting of the Rockaway Artists Alliance takes place on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. All are welcome. Nominations and elections for officers and members of the board of directors will be held. After organization business is concluded, it will be holiday party time. So come join us. Please bring your artwork to share with fellow artists and art lovers. Then enjoy delicious food and drink with the RAA family.

The 2002 RAA calendar is here! "Chock full" of beautiful color and black and white photographs of member artwork, this is a calendar you will display enthusiastically and will wish to keep always. Also included are lots of fun photographs and blurbs about the past year or so in the life of RAA, its family and community. The "Dragon Boat" is pictured in full regalia for Viking Sail 2000. RAA’s new "Rockaway Moon" outdoor stage is seen, "ornamented" by a brigade of grinning visitors to ARTSPLASH 2001. Many thanks to all the calendar sponsors and artists for making this beautiful keepsake possible. Special thanks to Project Assistant Annie Graves for her Trojan efforts and to Project Manager Denis Macrae. It was Denis’ vision, hard work and unfailing enthusiasm that made this happen. You may acquire the calendar at the RAA office or at the studio 6 Gallery.

Last Saturday saw the successful opening of "Travel in Asia with James Cosgrove and Denis Macrae." Visitors were treated not only to a fascinating display of artwork, but also to a Denis Macrae slide show and Balinese dance performance. Playing classical guitar through most of the afternoon was the talented musician Dodie Peralta. Come this weekend to sTudio 6 Gallery. Saturday at 2 p.m. Macrae will present a Philippine slide show and Peralta will play again. At 2 p.m. on Sunday you will see slides of Iraq taken by James Cosgrove. Both these artists have a first-hand, intimate knowledge of this part of the world. Their talks accompanying their slides provide an insight to these countries you surely will not wish to miss. As a bonus, Cosgrove displays two albums of photographs and sketches not mounted on the walls. If you can, stand with him for a while and get him to tell you the very personal stories behind these images. Hear about and look at Katmandu, Thailand on Bastille Day, dancing with Palestinians and the once tranquil setting of My Lai in Vietnam. Running through December 9, the exhibition includes photographs, paintings, performance, hand-woven story blankets from Indonesia, Balinese masks and more. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free to gallery and events.

Reminder in case you missed it: Submission dates for "Winter Light," RAA’s next member exhibit, are December 8 and 9, 1-4 p.m. For submission guidelines and details, call the RAA office and ask to speak to Martha or Susan.

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College is offering an arts administration course. The course is 10 sessions/20 hours/$150. It covers the financial strategies of budgeting for the arts and the skills needed by arts managers. Topics include bookkeeping and accounting procedures, constructing accurate budgets, auditing and reporting requirements and planning for future fiscal needs. LPAC is located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, E241, Long Island City. Email: LPAC@lagcc.cuny.edu.

Hope you had a warm and loving Thanksgiving.

Shea Stadium Coffee Table, by Michael Redpath, is one of the color photographs featured in the 2002 RAA calendar.

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